Definition of tribology in English:

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Pronunciation: /trʌɪˈbɒlədʒi/


[mass noun]
The study of friction, wear, lubrication, and the design of bearings; the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion.
Example sentences
  • He has edited several books and conference proceedings on machining and tribology of advanced materials.
  • Research on adhesion in surface engineering and tribology is a recent topic within the group.
  • Conventional tribology has become well established in the past fifty years but the few handbooks that exist are dated.



Example sentences
  • The problem of the tribological behaviour of materials had focussed on either improving friction or prioritising less wear and tear.
  • The tribological properties can be attributed to a hypereutectic alloy and the precipitation of primary silicon which protects the cylinder bore surfaces by means of wear-resistant grains.
  • The outcome is a metallic surface of extreme cleanliness with high load bearing capacity, and excellent tribological properties.


Example sentences
  • We'll reserve the title of tribologist for those with advanced degrees and who work in research and academia.
  • Lockwood's people allowed me to be a tribologist for a day.
  • Yet, tribologists are still looking for slicker and more durable coatings that will make surfaces as close to friction free as possible.

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